17 Apr 2009

Moyes no fan of Riley as he raises Man U bias fears

7:08 am on 17 April 2009

The Everton manager David Moyes admits he's concerned by the Football Association's decision to appoint Mike Riley as referee for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United at Wembley.

Riley is a late replacement for Steve Bennett, who has withdrawn due to illness, but Moyes has had several disagreements with Riley over his decisions in Everton matches and raised the suggestion that the official could be a United fan.

Riley upset Moyes in 2003 when he awarded a controversial penalty to United in the final game of the season that cost Everton a place in the UEFA Cup. He also sent off Tim Cahill in the 2-0 league defeat against Liverpool in September.